What is the Difference Between an F1, F1b F2, F2b and F3 Labradoodle?
F1 Generation- An F1 Labradoodle is simply a cross between a Poodle and a Labrador. The result is a 50% poodle and 50% Labrador mix. F1 Labradoodles will generally shed less, and have less dander- a terrific characteristic for those who suffer from allergies.
F1b Generation- An F1b Labradoodle is a cross between an F1 Hybrid and a poodle- The result is a 75% Poodle and 25% Labrador.
F2 Generation- An F2 Labradoodle is a cross between two F1 Labradoodles. This results in a 50/50 mix of poodle and Labrador.
F2b Generation- An F2b Labradoodle is a cross between an F1 and an F1b Labradoodle- The result is a 75% Poodle and 25% Labrador.
F3 Generation- An F3 Labradoodle is a cross between two F2 Hybrids. The result is a 50/50 mix of poodle and Labrador.
Multi Generation- A Multi Generation Labradoodle would be the crossing of two F3 Labradoodles. The result would be a 50/50 mix of poodleand Labrador.
Purchasing a Labradoodle should be based on a few different criteria- If the person purchasing the dog has allergies, this needs to be a priority, as different types of doodles, i.e. F1, F2, F3 all will have different coat and dander characteristics. Generally, its the dander of a dogs coat that causes allergies, not the fur or hair itself.
If allergies ARE NOT an issue, one can base which style of Doodle to purchase based on physical attributes- this would generally mean a more poodle like coat and face
F1 Labradoodles will have less hair so that means less grooming, and typically need brushing, not haircuts. They will shed, somewhat, and those with strong allergies need to use caution when purchasing an F1 Labradoodle. Also, one F1 can vary from another F1 of the same litter—it comes down to the coat. Typically a puppy who has a thicker coat will shed less than a puppy with a thinner coat—this is due to the fact that a thicker coat means the pup has more of the poodle's genes and will shed less.